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Hanshin Tigers: April 2, 2012

by on Apr.02, 2012 @ 11:41 pm, under NPB

Tomoaki Kanemoto became the sixth player in NPB history to hit a homer in the year they turned forty-four.  Kanemoto turned forty-four on Tuesday.

He also became the sixteenth player in NPB history to hit at least one homer in twenty straight seasons.

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Takahiro Arai had a rough game on Sunday.  With runners on first and third and two out in the 4th inning, he committed an error on a grounder to third that allowed the Yokohama Bay Stars to score the first run of the game.  At the plate, he struck out looking with runners on second and third with two out in the 6th inning.

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Matt Murton during Sunday's Ikusei game against NTT Nishi Nippon: 2-for-2, one walk, one RBI, one stolen base.

Murton worked out with the Ichi-gun team today and is expected to play in the Yakult series that begins on Tuesday.

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The Tigers decided to demote Kai-Wen Cheng on Sunday.

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TV Ratings for the home opener (Kansai region, 19:00-20:54): 14.8%.